Why your employees might be about to leave

A Europe-wide survey has found that workers in the UK are most likely to leave their current job with many employees actively looking for a new position.

The study by the ADP Research Institute (ADPRI) reveals that 70% of UK employees would consider leaving their current job, with nearly a quarter (24%) actively looking for new opportunities and nearly half (46%) passively looking.

This is higher than the 60% of European employees who said they were open to leaving their current job. UK employees are also less likely to consider themselves devoted to their place of work, with 48% saying they are loyal, compared to the European average of 58%.

The survey identifies a number of reasons for UK employees' dissatisfaction. Nearly two-thirds (62%) say they do not feel valued at work (compared to 44% of German employees), while 54% say they do not feel purposeful. Over six in ten UK workers (62%) believe there is no such thing as job security today.

Managers are out of touch with their staff, according to the findings - with 56% of employers believe their workforces feel valued and 61% think they feel purposeful.

Jeff Phipps, managing director at ADP UK, said the findings are indicative of a buoyant job market. "However, it does mean that employers have to work twice as hard to ensure they are retaining the best talent. Organisations must look internally to make sure they are doing everything within their power to make their workforce feel valued and purposeful, and in turn more likely to stay."

Ahu Yildirmaz, co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said: "Of course pay and work hours play an important role in retaining employees, but meeting employee expectations is key. Employees say they are more likely to stay with a company if their experiences are aligned with the expectations agreed to when hired - and if they understand how their role helps to achieve business goals. But when a position shifts away from that understanding, employees are already thinking of leaving."

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